20 February, 2015
Volume 20 No. 8
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NCTM Annual Meeting: Early Registration Discount

A Closer Look at the Common Core's Heart and Soul

MIND Research Institute Game-a-thon


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


NCTM Annual Meeting: Early Registration Discount


Save up to $80 by registering for the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) by Friday, 6 March.

Taking place 15-18 April in Boston, NCTM 2015 will include focus strands such as "Problems Worth Solving" and "Assessing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)." The meeting will also feature the "Grand Challenges in Mathematics Education" covered in these pages several times last July.

The Math Forum will be in Beantown, too. Among our other sessions, we'll facilitate Ignite talks, in which each of these ten mathematics educators has five minutes to light up Ballroom East with fresh ideas on math teaching and learning as their 20 PowerPoint slides advance every 15 seconds -- ready or not!

  • Robert Berry
  • Peg Cagle
  • Rafranz Davis
  • Annie Fetter
  • Darshan Jain
  • Dan Meyer
  • Eric Milou
  • Max Ray
  • Robyn Silbey
  • Ellie Terry

To browse or search the meeting's full program of sessions, visit


To browse or search the Research Presession, visit


PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week

"We definitely had more submissions that were still in the thinking and revising stages than complete, correct solutions. In the highlighted solution below, I especially liked how Ivy M. from Birch Wathen Lenox School told what she was trying to figure out with each of her calculations, like this ..."
- Max, commenting on the Pre-Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

A Closer Look at the Common Core's Heart and Soul


On Monday, Heinemann Publishing announced a new blog series dedicated to the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP).

This weekly blog will take a closer look at each of the SMP's eight processes and proficiencies of longstanding importance to mathematics education.

The Math Forum's own Max Ray will wrap up the series (days before NCTM 2015!) by unpacking, examining, and reflecting on SMP #8: "Look For and Express Regularity in Repeated Reasoning." Max authored the Forum's most recent book, Powerful Problem Solving: Activities for Sense-Making with the Mathematical Practices, published by Heinemann:


Other SMP bloggers include

  • Paul Goldenberg
  • Pamela Weber Harris
  • Jane Kang
  • Steve Leinwand
  • June Mark
  • Dan Meyer
  • Sue O'Connell
  • John SanGiovanni

To receive notifications of each new post on the blog, which launches Monday, 23 February, sign up with your name and e-mail address:


Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #HeinemannSMP:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"My stomach just started jumping. :D"
- Teresa, tweeted to @SuMACzanne

MIND Research Institute Game-a-thon


Looking for a fun and challenging activity for your students? Show off their math and problem-solving skills by participating in the 2015 Game-a-thon Challenge!

Announced last week, MIND Research Institute's game-building competition invites teams of two or more students to think about the ways math is at play in adventures through time and space, then design and build a game that features creative and unusual solutions to mathematical problems.

Responding to the theme "Math Your Own Adventure," student inventions may take many forms, such as

  • card games
  • board games
  • apps
  • outdoor games

Check out "Fraction Football," "Myths and Math," "No Fighting Game," and the other Hall of Fame-worthy games created in response to last year's theme, "Math is Everywhere!"


Then get in on this year's fun by downloading the 2015 Game-a-thon design guidelines:


First appearing in these pages last summer, MIND Research Institute develops visual, language-independent games. Try its Spatial-Temporal (ST) Math® software in this fraction game that stars JiJi the penguin:



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